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Federal Funding Opportunities for Missing or Murdered American Indians and Alaska Native Projects

Federal Funding Opportunities for Missing or Murdered American Indians and Alaska Native Projects 

There are many federal funding opportunities that tribes and other organizations may be able to use to address missing or murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives in their areas. The funding resources are organized by the three Departments involved in Operation Lady Justice. In addition, many federal agencies, such as the Department of Justice, have funding that is annually appropriated and may be able to assist with efforts to address missing or murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Please check Grants.Gov on a regular basis for current funding opportunities from the three Departments and across the federal government. You can also register on Grants.gov to create an account and receive email notifications when there are changes to your chosen funding opportunities.

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The mission of HHS is to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health and social services. Find HHS grants.

Administration for Children & Families

  • Social & Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)The Administration for Native Americans promotes social and economic self-sufficiency in communities through SEDS grants. These competitive financial assistance grants support locally determined projects designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals. Bonus points will be given to projects with a main focus of addressing MMIW. Federally recognized Tribes, state-recognized Tribes, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and/or Native nonprofits are eligible.
  • Demonstration Grants to Strengthen the Response to Victims of Human Trafficking in Native Communities (VHT-NC) ProgramThe goal of the VHT-NC Program is to fund organizations that will build, expand and sustain organizational and community capacity to deliver services to Native victims of severe forms of human trafficking as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 through the provision of direct services, assistance and referrals. The VHT-NC Program is informed by a whole-family approach that focuses on services and opportunities for clients and their immediate family members living within their households. American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and/or Pacific Islanders are eligible.
  • The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA)The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is the primary federal funding source dedicated to providing immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence or dating violence and their dependents. Federally recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia are eligible.

Indian Health Service (IHS)

  • Domestic Violence Prevention Program (DVP)DVP grant/awardee community projects increase access to culturally appropriate domestic and sexual violence prevention strategies, including health care provider and community education, client advocacy, crisis intervention, forensic health exams and behavioral health services for AI/AN victims and their families. Federally recognized Indian Tribes/governments/communities are eligible.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

  • For most of SAMHSA’s discretionary grant programs, Tribes, Tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations are eligible to apply. Visit SAMHSA’s Tribal Affairs page for program information and its grant page for open funding opportunities.
  • Circles of Care (COC) Program: This program provides Tribal and urban Indian communities with tools and resources to plan and design a holistic, evidence and community-based, coordinated system of care to support mental health for children, youth and families. Federally recognized Indian Tribes/governments/communities are eligible.

Department of Interior

Indian Affairs provides services directly or through contracts, grants or compacts to 574 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.9 million American Indian and Alaska Natives. Each component supports federally recognized AI/AN tribal government by directly administering (direct service) or funding tribally administered IA, BIA and BIE programs. Find Department of Interior grants.

Indian Affairs, Division of Self-Determination Services

  • Public Law 93-638In 1975, the U.S. Congress enacted the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638. The Act allowed for Indian Tribes to assume the responsibility for programs and services administered to them on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior through contractual agreements. The Act assured that Indian Tribes had paramount involvement in the direction of services provided by the federal government in an attempt to target the delivery of such services to the needs and desires of the local communities. Federally recognized Indian Tribes are eligible.

Indian Affairs, Office of Self Governance

  • Tribal Self Governance Act of 1994The Tribal Self Governance Act of 1994 includes annual funding agreements with eligible Tribes and consortia. The Department of Interior works with Tribal governments to protect and support tribal sovereignty within a government-to-government partnership and to advocate for the transfer of federal programmatic authorities and resources to Tribal governments in accordance with tribal self-governance statutes and policies. Federally recognized Indian Tribes are eligible to apply.

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice offers funding opportunities to support law enforcement and public safety activities in state, local and tribal jurisdictions; to assist victims of crime; to provide training and technical assistance; to conduct research; and to implement programs that improve criminal, civil and juvenile justice systems.

The Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, Office on Violence Against Women, and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services post new solicitations for grant funding opportunities daily, many of which, are open to Native American Tribes and Tribal Consortia, as well as Alaska Native Villages.

To learn about additional opportunities that are expected to be released, see the table on the Department of Justice Grants webpage. If you are interested in seeing opportunities from previous years, visit the Past Funding Opportunities page.

  • Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)CTAS combines the majority of DOJ’s existing Tribal government-specific competitive solicitations into a single solicitation to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety and victimization issues. Federally recognized Indian Tribal governments are eligible; Tribal designees are eligible for certain activities.

Office of Justice Programs

  • Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside: The overall goal of this program is to provide support to Tribal communities to improve services for victims of crime. Federally recognized Indian Tribes, Tribal designees and Tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian Tribes are eligible.
  • Justice Assistance Grant (JAG): JAG provides states, Tribes and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution and court, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, and technology improvement, crime victim and witness initiatives, and mental health programs. Federally recognized Indian Tribes/governments/communities are eligible.
  • Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations: The Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations program provides support to state, local and Tribal law enforcement and prosecutors in their investigation and prosecution of cold case murders associated with civil rights violations. Funds are limited to address violations of civil rights statutes resulting in death that occurred no later than December 31, 1979. Federally recognized Indian Tribes/governments/communities are eligible.
  • Human Trafficking Programs: The Office for Victims of Crime’s Human Trafficking program strengthens the victim service response to human trafficking through funding for direct services, training and technical assistance, and leadership in the field. OVC-funded programs provide services to all trafficking victims, including American Indians and Alaska Natives. Federally recognized Indian Tribes/governments/communities are eligible.

Office on Violence Against Women

  • Tribal Affairs Programs: OVW currently administers 19 grant programs designed to develop the nation's capacity to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by strengthening services to victims and holding offenders accountable for their actions. Tribal entities are generally eligible to apply for any OVW grant program where a comparable non-tribal entity is eligible. In addition, four of OVW’s programs are targeted to Native American populations and Tribes. Due to amendments made by Savanna’s Act, two of OVW’s grant programs, the Improving Criminal Justice Responses and Tribal Governments Programs, may fund certain activities related to missing or murdered Indians. Tribal governments or organizations are eligible.


Date Created: October 22, 2021